We are so excited to share with you this romantic December wedding. Meghan was such a joy to work with and we are so delighted that she chose us to be a small part of her big day. The love that Drew and Meghan share is so special and evident throughout this post. Check it out!
Tell us about finding your wedding dress. How did you know it was the one?
When it came to my wedding dress, I had no idea what I was looking for. I didn’t have a specific “vision” in mind, but I found that this made the search more of an adventure! I visited several different bridal boutiques in Wilmington with my Mother and found many dresses and styles I adored, but my problem was that I loved way too many and I could not make up my mind!
During my dress adventure, my sweet father-in-love stumbled upon this sweet little bridal boutique on his mail route in Shallotte called The Coastal Knot. He and my mother-in-love told me that I should check it out some time and I am so glad I did! As soon as I walked through the door, I felt right at home. Amanda was amazing! She made me feel like the only bride in the world and it was evident that finding my wedding dress was just as important to her as it was to me. She understood me and showed incredible patience and kindness throughout my indecisiveness and doubt. It felt like I tried on 35 dresses before I finally found the one I knew I would wear when I promised forever to Drew. My dress was all the dresses I loved in one dress! I fell in love with the sweetheart neckline, the rouging and the lace embroidered around the middle. I nicknamed my dress “buttons” because of the romantic, vintage buttons that ran all the way down the train. I was completely smitten as I finally stood in my dress. I knew I had found my “vision” and I could not wait for Drew to see me in it!
Tell us all about the proposal. How did he do it?
When Drew asked me to be his girlfriend, he asked if I would take a leap of faith with him and “risk the ocean”. That little phrase has always been close to our hearts. On our first date, God told me Drew would be my husband, but of course, I had no idea what His timeline would be.
Drew and I started dating my senior year of college. We had been dating for 9 months when I decided to complete six weeks of my student teaching overseas in Kuwait. It was the first time we experienced what a long distance relationship was like. It’s true what they say, that absence makes the heart grow fonder. I missed him so much while I was away, but it helped when the internet cooperated long enough for us to Skype! Drew was so sweet and supportive during my time in Kuwait. I knew he was husband material by the way he so selflessly wanted me to achieve my dream of teaching in a foreign country. On December 6, 2011, I returned from my Kuwaiti adventure and found Drew waiting for me at the airport. I knew he was picking me up and I could not wait to wrap my arms around him! When I saw him standing there, my heart started pounding. I walked toward him in what felt like slow motion and he greeted me with the warmest embrace. He told me “You just crossed the ocean, so you know how big it is. Will you risk the ocean with me?–(he got down on one knee and pulled out the most beautiful ring ever!)–Will you marry me?” I was so surprised by his proposal and overjoyed that he would be my husband! I believe my exact response was “YES! Please let me marry you!” I had never been more confident about a decision in my whole life. Drew is so good! He even hired a photographer to capture the proposal. He also planned a surprise get-together with our friends so we were able to celebrate and share all of our excitement after we left the airport. It was definitely one of the best nights of my life.
What inspired your color palette or theme?
The vintage, romantic theme for a wedding has always captured my eye so that’s what I chose, and when we decided on a December wedding date, I also added a tad of winter wonderland to the theme. I wanted romance and wintery softness to be portrayed on our special day. For my bridesmaids, I chose a neutral color palette with soft colors: beige, cream, champagne, and blush. For my honorary bridesmaids, I chose an accent color of either gray or silver. My girls picked their own dresses in the palette I chose for them. It was so much fun to see their different styles and colors come together on the day of the wedding! The groomsmen wore champagne colored vests and ties with black pants, while Drew wore a white vest and tie with his black pants and jacket. The wedding party looked so great all together!
What were some elements about your day that made it distinctly “you?”
There were many elements about our special day that made it distinctly “us”. We chose Saint Thomas Preservation Hall because it was downtown Wilmington. Downtown is a special location for us. It is where we had our first date and where Drew asked me to be his girlfriend. Getting married in Wilmington was special to us because it is where we met and fell in love.
We had a gigantic wedding party because we love a lot of people and we have been blessed with many friends!
My dad passed away when I was a little girl, so I put a tiny picture of him in a charm and pinned it on my bouquet so he was there with me in that way.
Traditionally, just the father walks the bride into her wedding, but I had both my mom and my step-dad walked me down the aisle–I didn’t want it any other way.
Drew and I wrote our own vows for one another. We had a time of worship and a feet washing ceremony.
The groomsmen wore Christmas socks with jingle bells on them.
My talented father-in-love made gorgeous homemade burlap rosette boutonnieres for all the guys–No one else in the world would be able to make those as well as he did!
Our food was a mixture of our favorite things, from funfetti cupcakes to macaroni and cheese bowls!
Drew loves football so we incorporated that into the garter toss.
I made heart shaped ornaments as favors for our guests.
We ended the night with a special last dance to Taylor Swift’s song, “Today was a Fairytale”.
After our last dance, we said goodbye to our guests and rode off in a vintage British taxi to begin our life together!
What was your favorite moment about that day?
I have so many favorite moments about that day, but I will only tell you about a few:
-My bridesmaids planned a special “Prayer Breakfast” for me that morning. It was the best way to begin the day. It helped us all get our minds and eyes focused on Jesus and the holiness and specialness the day held for Drew and I. One of my bridesmaids lead us in a few worship songs, while another great friend and mentor of mine lead us in a meaningful devotion. I will always remember the way my ladies laid their hands on me and lifted my marriage and my future up to Heaven.
-I did two “first looks”; one with my bridesmaids and another with my step-dad. Both moments were so special to me!
-A sight I will never forget is when the double doors opened and I got to see Drew’s face for the first time at the end of that beautiful aisle! It was the moment I had dreamt about my whole life. The love for him that overwhelmed me in that moment is too much for words.
-Drew and I had a specific vision for our ceremony. We wanted to give God all the glory for the love we share and for bringing us together. We incorporated a time of praise and worship in our ceremony. Our first act as husband and wife was washing each other’s feet. It was one of the most beautiful and intimate moments of my life
If you could give one piece of advice to future brides, what would it be?
Your wedding day is ONE day—yes, it is important…yes, it will be the best day of your life, but just the best day SO FAR—After the wedding is over, your marriage begins. Don’t forget to spend some time planning your marriage as you plan your beautiful wedding.